Discover why Jesus used the term “hypocrite” in His illustration about judgment

Wednesday, December 4, 2013, Part 2

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck out of your eye,’ and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye. Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces” (Matthew 7:1-6).

IDEA: Recognizing your own faults enables you to help others.

PURPOSE: To help listeners appreciate the ineffectiveness of pride.

Listen to an illustration that Jesus used in the Sermon on the Mount, and then let’s talk about it.

I. The illustration is found in Matthew 7:3-5:

“Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck out of your eye,’ and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

What does this illustrate?

What do you think the crowd did as they listened to Jesus?

Is humor in a sermon an effective way to make your point?

II. What does this illustration assume about the “plank-eyed” person?

Would he say that he wants to help someone else with his criticism?

Why does Jesus call him a hypocrite (Matthew 7:5)?

Does the brother with a splinter in his eye hurt? Could he use help?

If we go to help someone in need, does it matter in what spirit we do it?

What does this look like in real life?